“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” – Aibileen, The Help
So I am a little behind in reading The Help but I have had to catch up on other reading. I am now about a third of the way into this brilliant novel and this one line keeps sticking out to me, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important,” that Aibileen says to little Mae Mobley. She wants to make sure that no matter what anyone else says, no matter how much her mother may neglect her that she is kind, smart and important.
I don’t think these are words that only children need to hear. I think these are words that need to be conveyed to any and everyone. I think that we tend to feel like people know this is how we see them and how we feel without saying it. I disagree with this. How great does it feel when someone pays you a compliment? When someone tells you how important you are to them? It’s funny how no matter how old we get, kind words and affirmations like these can change our whole day, make us feel like a million dollars. It’s amazing how much negative words and comments can start to be believable when you hear them. Remind someone about the positives! So instead of just thinking your friends, family, co-workers, etc know how you feel about them, how grateful you are for them and what they mean to you, TELL THEM! It will make you feel better too 😉
Now I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I found the clip with this scene and have linked it below. If you haven’t read it yet, buy it, rent it, borrow it, Kindle it, whatever. It’s humbling and a wonderful reminder of many things.